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MA in Arts, Enterprise and Development

Course Aims

1. To equip students with the key intellectual skills, professional knowledge and organisation skills relevant for work in the area of Cultural Enterprise and Development.

2. To equip students with a critical overview of the conceptual values and theoretical frameworks that inform the work of the arts and the creative industries within International Development and other Development contexts.

3. To enable the student to conduct systematic research and methodical analysis of cultural enterprises and their contribution to local communities and local economies.

4. Enable students to reflect critically on the power of creativity, the arts and cultural enterprise as featured within the global discourses and practices of Development policy and governance.

5. To create an understanding of the social, legal and political frameworks within which Development projects and enterprises function.

6. To enable students to understand philosophical, theoretical and interpretative frameworks and utilise them in the study of culture and development.

7. To develop the students’ own vocational direction and capacity for active involvement in development projects and enterprises.

How do we meet these Aims?

1: You will develop your communication and interpersonal skills by engaging in discussions and debates about development policies and strategies, and learn how to solve the problems faced by enterprise start-ups and projects in the development field.

2: You will learn about the history and current work of global institutions like the UN and World Bank, as well as the policy frameworks governing development on a global scale.

3: You will learn professional methods for the analysis and evaluation of enterprises -- their people, their work, and their contribution to growing community and society.

4: You will experience the arts and culture, both on the course (through field trips and practical projects), and also with your fellow students in visiting the many cultural facilities on campus and in the region.

5: You will undertake case studies on particular countries, cities and projects, and explore the huge challenges they are facing with poverty, conflict, crime and violence. We will use these cases to consider the global legal response to these situations, such as human rights law, the special protections and promotions for cultural diversity, laws for social and gender equality, and for accountability and transparency in business and society generally.

6: Culture is complex, and the arts and crafts have long traditions. You will learn ways to navigate and understand complexity by planning and conducting your own major research project, supervised by a scholar in the field.

7: Through personal tutorials, you will be guided in your interests and your personal direction, so that your masters study at Warwick will equip you with the professional skills you need for your chosen career path.

Course Summary

  • In this course we learn about the management, organization and politics of arts and culture in Development Work and International Development.

We will look at government agencies, NGOs, charity organisations, and the range of situations that Development tries to address – poverty, political and economic crisis, conflict and lack of dialogue, rights, education, identity and heritage. Within this broad context, our focus is on the role of arts and cultural enterprise. Why are major global actors like the UN and EU and many NGOs all increasingly using the arts and culture in their Development programs? Why did the recent UNESCO Hangzhou Declaration state that culture must be a part of all global economic and social Development? What can arts and cultural enterprise achieve?

The arts range from traditional crafts (like textiles or ceramics) to traditional arts (music, painting) to digital media, and a range of multi-media performance and installation. Enterprise is where we initiate, organize, then manage art and cultural projects. This involves art production (creative activity), consumption (such as gathering an audience), distribution (involving perhaps marketing, or managing an event), and a whole range of political, legal or social contexts. Enterprise may be ‘private’ (profit-making creative industries) or ‘public’ (for general, or community, participation or benefit).

Our concentration on arts and cultural enterprise involves developing three areas:

Knowledge: of the discourses of arts, culture and Development, the nature of artistic production around the world, and the function of enterprise in generating social innovation and sustainable community.

Critical Thinking: understanding the way Development situations are created by social, political and cultural conditions, and devising creative approaches to problems through arts and cultural enterprise.

Professional skills: developing entrepreneurship skills in creative solutions, mapping and planning, strategy, management and organization.

Navigate Your Own Path

In addition to your two Core Modules you will be able to determine the appropriate balance between applied and theoretical work from the range of option modules offered, according to your particular needs. You may take the course full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

You might like to read some of the core texts:

UNESCO (2009) The Power of Culture for Development, Paris: UNESCO.
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001893/189382e.pdf

UNESCO/UNDP (2013) Creative Economy Report 2013: widening local development pathways, New York: United Nations.
http://www.unesco.org/culture/pdf/creative-economy-report-2013.pdf

Helmut K Anheier and Yudhishthir Raj Isar (2008) Cultures and Globalization: The Cultural Economy, London: Sage.
http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book230746